Pen. Paper. Ink. These three things come together to form the experience of writing with a fountain pen. While I’ve made my pen and paper preferences well known on this blog, I haven’t written much about ink, and the reason I haven’t written much about ink is because all the inks I love are boring.
Sure, I dabble in inks like any other Diamine Oxblooded fountain pen addict. I sip and I sample, and I always toss a few more ink vials into the shopping cart because I’ve already qualified for free shipping so why not. I’ve swum the shimmery seas and had whirlwind romances with sheen monsters. But I always come back to the same few boring, boring inks.
A few months ago, Anthony at UK Fountain Pens wrote about picking ten “desert island” inks out of his collection, and at the time I commented that I didn’t think I even owned ten bottles of ink. That statement is still true. I may have a smaller collection than most, but if I ever ended up like Robinson Crusoe and had to hope for some ink to wash up on shore, I’d hope for some bottles of these:
- a blue-black (my most fav is Pilot Blue-Black)
- Sheaffer Permanent Skrip Blue-Black (gotta have a water-resistant ink on an island!)
- Waterman Inspired Blue (just as well-behaved, pretty, and red-sheeny as Kon-peki — at a third of the price)
No one’s gushing over these inks on Instagram. They’re not getting reviewed on the same exact day by all the top pen bloggers. They’ve all been around for a while — in the case of Sheaffer Skrip Blue-Black, a several-decades-long kind of while. Yet they’re still here, working quietly, effectively, in that boring way. Without them, all the other (shimmery, sheeny) inks wouldn’t feel as special.
Perhaps you’d like to share your favorite “boring” ink?